Four Monday nights: July 1, 8, 15 and 22
7:30 - 9 pm
led by Tova Green
and Valorie Beer
Conference Center at 308 Page Street
(optional dinner at 6:30, by donation, at 300 Page Street) For those 55 and older
This class builds on the Dharma talk
given by Tova and Valorie on April 20th, 2013, and on responses to a survey sent out this spring. In the class we will explore four topics related to aging:
1. Connection or lack of it
2. Letting go and exploring what’s new
3. Changing bodies and minds
4. Living with dying
Each class will include presentations and discussion in small or large groups. We will create a shared list of readings and other resources. You are invited to sign up for and browse the web forum ("Good Old Zen
"), and add thoughts, suggestions, pictures, books or other resources on aging that you've found helpful. What comes next with “Good Old Zen” will emerge from this class and from suggestions we receive. Fee:
$60; $54 current SFZC members; $48 limited income. Some partial scholarships available. To Register:
Use the Ticket Table below. Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.
Jisan Tova Green
Jisan Tova Green, LCSW, is a resident practice leader at City Center. She currently serves as director of development for San Francisco Zen Center, and she also served recently as vice president and as City Center director. The co-founder of Zen Center's Queer Dharma Group, she received priest ordination from Eijun Linda Cutts in 2003. Tova received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and completed Smith's certificate program in Contemplative Social Work in 2008. Tova was a social worker at Hospice by the Bay until April 2011.
Kyosho Valorie Beer
Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, when she moved to City Center. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now supporting the Branching Streams sanghas as a visiting teacher. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.